Details on upcoming events scheduled for Harlan County highlighted a meeting of the Harlan Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
One of those is the 59th annual Poke Sallet Festival, which will be held in Harlan June 5-7.
Chamber member Dan Mosley, who is helping coordinate the event, said the main stage music event for Thursday night will be contemporary Christian band “Audio Adrenaline,” Friday night will be a tribute to coal with nationally recognized singer/songwriter Jimmy Rose, and on Saturday country music star Chris Janson will perform.
He said the other music groups are still being planned.
“The bluegrass stage has been expanded this year,” said Mosley. “Usually we have four to five hours of bluegrass music, but this year we’ll have eight hours. It will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. at the Rotary Gazebo between the courthouse and the Justice Center.”
He said former University of Kentucky basketball star Jarrod Polson will make an inaugural appearance at the Poke Sallet Festival and sign autographs.
“Core Fitness is sponsoring that,” said Mosley. “Information will be given out later on how people can get tickets to get an autograph.”
He added there will be a new carnival this year, along with inflatables, vendors, car, bike and pet shows, along with arts and crafts inside the Harlan Center.
Chamber President Aimee Blanton said the Miss Harlan County Homecoming Pageant will be held June 5. She said this is a college scholarship pageant and a way of helping both Harlan County and Harlan Independent high school students continue their education.
“If anyone would like to volunteer to help with this event they may contact Tera Day at 606-574-2220,” said Blanton. “They need a lot of help with this event.”
After the chamber meeting adjourned, Alison Lundergan Grimes stopped at the Harlan Center on her bus tour of southeastern Kentucky. Grimes is seeking the office of U.S. Senator against incumbent Mitch McConnell.
Grimes said Kentucky’s strength is its people and her number one priority will be putting Kentuckians back to work.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-909-4147 or on Twitter @Nola_hde